Michael J. Fox attends "A Country Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's" benefitting The Michael J. Fox Foundation, at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on April 26, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Michael J. Fox’s battle with Parkinson’s disease doesn’t make him hopeful that he will live a long life. The 61-year-old actor commented morbidly about his time left on Earth on a recent appearance on CBS This Morning.

“It’s the gift that keeps on taking, but it’s a gift,” the Back to the Future alum said on Sunday morning (April 30). Anchor Jane Pauley said that every time she sees him, “It takes a little bit more of something.” Fox replies, “It’s been 30+ years. Not many of us have had this disease for 30 years.”

Later in the interview, Fox says, “You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s. I’m not gonna be 80. I’m not gonna be 80.” Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the ’90s. The brain disorder causes unintended or uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination.

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Per the National Institutes of Health, symptoms usually begin gradually and worsen over time. As the incurable, degenerative disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking and talking. Fox has since largely put acting aside to focus on his work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which aims to find a cure for Parkinson’s. Meanwhile, his disease has progressed. As he told Pauley on CBS This Morning, “Every day, it gets tougher.”

Over the years, the actor has suffered many other health scares. He said of a 2018 procedure, “I had spinal surgery. I had a tumor on my spine, and it was benign. Then I started to break stuff. I broke this arm, and I broke this arm, I broke this elbow, I broke my face, I broke my hand. Falling and aspirating food and pneumonia. All these subtle ways that gets you.”

Regarding his outlook on his life, Michael told CBS Morning that he realized that “with gratitude, optimism is sustainable.” He added, “If you find something to be grateful for, then you find something to look forward to and you carry on.”

Watch the interview below:

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